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Rachel Anne Gaschott Ritchie

November 26, 2022

On Thanksgiving weekend, 22 years ago, we lost our Rachel to a drunk driver.

Rachel loved people and animals – and she was very devoted to her friends who knew they could always rely on her for help and support. And she was always a militant fighter for justice.

In 1994, Rachel’s commitment to others were recognized when she received her school’s Ann Bancroft Humanitarian Award. This special recognition included these words:

“She knows that the art of love is the perfect antidote to wash away hatred, jealousy, resentment, anxiety and fear. She also knows the art of action. When there’s a chance to work towards the better of the human condition, she will be carrying a banner, marching in a parade, or writing a poem. Our world is a better place because of you Rachel Ritchie. Like Ann Bancroft, you, two, are on a journey that promises hope for us all.”

We miss you every day, Rachel. The world is also missing you.

Mark Ritchie & Nancy Gaschoet


November 26, 2022